Robert Pirsig has a pre-recorded interview on NPR today. They usually do the interview in the morning time (a couple runs) and then again in the afternoon. Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance was his book. I've read it twice(as an adult), and still don't really understand everything. It did help to explain a couple issues from my youth, that I always thought were kinda abnormal - but Pirsig proved otherwise through explaining the actions of his own son during the trip. Publishers tried to persuade him to write many more books on these subjects, however Mr. Pirsig generally stated, "I said what I wanted to say about the subject, and my feelings towards it, and that's it, all I have to say." A member of the Viking Chapter AMCA Club told me Pirsig still had his Honda ! Many offers from potential buyers - but he never sold it.
When your motorcycle is broken, or strands you . . . the situation cast itself as a "zen" moment, now an opportunity to stop and "take in" the nature around you.
He kindly confronted me on why I hadn't posted anything on this blog for "almost a week." I've actually felt kinda lazy and alone lately, that nobody cared really what I did, or how to do certain things I share with you. His encouragement got me going, and gave me some motivation to keep moving. I did some research, and found that blog readership is slowly increasing - it's true, blog readership is actually going up again. About 15-20%, and more for certain areas of subject matter, mainly consisting of areas that offer "how-to" or educational programs, or on certain "sales oriented" blogger sites. It also showed evidence where instagram usage is down - possibly 35%? So as long as Kenny is in-the-air . . . I'm gunna load you up with photos, tech tips, and what's happening in the world of two-wheels and (sometimes Morty the Official Shop Cat) . . . .
CO pullover (good chill-blocker weave).
John Parham (Left) and Pete Hill (thanks Bill R.)
The guy on the right could be any one of us. It didn't matter to John Parham, because even though he was possibly one of the largest and most influential people in the motorcycle industry, he never let that status go to his head - and he'd still take the time to talk with you about motorcycles. John was always right out there with everyone else, riding his bike, restoring stuff, and planning ways to get the parts to the riders. J&P Cycles and The National Motorcycle Museum were his major creations. He had a great team of people working for him. He led the way and let us all in to enjoy the great sport of motorcycling. My dad remembers one of his first shops, with a small sales counter, and Triumph motorcycles and parts . . . soon to expand. I talked to him at the museum last summer, and he still had "irons in the fire" and he was glad I came down, and was happy I was having fun and buying parts, and "tell your dad hi for me" and talking about Jeff Wiley and George, and he always had good things to say about everybody . . . and that's what made John so successful as a business man, but even more important as a good friend to anyone who got a chance to meet him.
The Rug Rat, since it has some ratty parts, and I've been sitting on the floor a lot, building this thing. Anyway, it's a day I'll always remember, spending a lot of time with Jim for once . . . But Nate's blue van will be back . . . and I'm getting my own swap space this year !
I spent a few hours assembling, and dis-assembling. Measuring and checking. Through a process of elimination, checking where I can feel a bit of binding. What part is doing it? Checking the cam and pinion bushings. Checking oil passages and surfaces. Eliminating burrs. Making threads and fasteners perfect. It takes time to do it correctly - so give yourself the time. It's just a good 'ol Harley motor again.
Harley-Davidson race team director, Dick O'Brien dug out Brelsford's old XR and freshened it up, put Springsteen on it . . . and Jay went out and won the race in 1983. Harley first. Then Ducati, Ducati, etc . . . Way to go Springer ! I always thought Springsteen was under-rated as a road racer. If he could have concentrated on road racing, like he did in dirt track - the possibilities for victories with his skill as a road racer were definite. Jay Springsteen, one of the best motorcycle racers to ever throw his leg over a race bike. I'm glad he went with Harley.
. . . then in 1987 - Scott Parker said, "Let me give it a try !"
Parker scored a podium finish in his very first road race in 1987. That's him No.114 on the Harley-Davidson. His 3rd place (behind the two Ducatis of coarse) was a very respectable finish for a first-timer. His efforts stayed with the Grand Nationals - becoming the all time winner in the history of the sport.